Southeastern Athletics announces 2021 Hall of Fame Class
HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana announced the three former student-athletes who will make up the 2021 SLU Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Monday.
The newest inductees include Jameson Fisher (baseball), Harry Nunez (football) and Renee Villarreal (tennis).
Southeastern selected a 2020 Hall of Fame class of Matthew Carvell (golf), Maiya Cooper (soccer), Brock Hebert (baseball) and Adonson Shallow (track and field). Due to the 2020 fall competition season being moved to the spring, the decision was made to move the 2020 induction ceremony to fall 2021.
As a result, the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a private ceremony on Sept. 25. The septet will be recognized at halftime of the Lion football team’s contest versus Northwestern State.
Fisher, a Zachary native, will be the 23rd SLU baseball student-athlete to join the Athletics Hall of Fame, while Nunez, a product of Holy Cross in New Orleans, is the 65th former Lion football student-athlete to receive the honor. Villarreal joins former Southeastern tennis players Emilija Arnaudovska (2014), Ignacio Ossadon (1990), Renata Smekalova (2001) and Iva Velkovska (2018).
Fisher was a three-time All-Southland Conference player during his time with the Lions, which spanned from 2013-16. As a senior, the consensus All-American led Division I with a .558 on-base percentage, setting single-season school records for on-base percentage, batting average (.424) and walks (54). The 2015-16 Southeastern Athlete of the Year was named Southland Player of the Year, Louisiana Hitter of the Year, Southland Student-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Following his senior year, Fisher was drafted in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. The school’s career leader for batting average (.375), on-base percentage (.483) and sacrifice flies (15), Fisher helped the Lions to NCAA Tournament berths in 2014 and 2016.
Nunez toiled on the gridiron for the Lions from 1962-65 and was twice named to the All-Gulf States Conference team at halfback. As a senior, he led SLU in rushing and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. In his junior season, he rushed for 169 yards at Northwestern State – the 17th-highest single-game total in program history.
Following his playing career, Nunez dedicated himself for 54 yards to the coaching profession, impacting countless lives. A member of the Holy Cross High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Nunez led St. Paul’s School to the first and only 10-0 season in school history in 1990.
Villarreal, who played for the Lions from 2013-16, is the only three-time Southeastern Athlete of the Year in school history. The only four-time first team All-Southland performer in program history, Villarreal, who was also a four-time first team All-Louisiana choice, is fourth in school history with 73 career singles wins and was 38-4 in her career in Southland singles matches.
A member of the 2013 Southland Conference championship team, Villarreal put together one of the best all-around seasons as a senior in 2016. She was named the Southland Conference and Louisiana Player of the Year, earned CoSIDA Academic All-American and Southland Student-Athlete of the Year honors. Upon graduating, Villarreal received President’s Medal for Academic Excellence – the highest academic honor for a Southeastern graduate.
The Hall of Fame induction class is selected by the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame Committee. Nomination forms and more information on the Hall of Fame is available at https://lionsports.net/honors/southeastern-athletics-hall-of-fame. Nominations can be sent to Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Kemmler Chapple, SLU 10309, Hammond, LA 70402 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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